Vacation Club Review
International Travel Solutions is a Ponzi scheme they'll use your own money to supplement your vacation. If you pay 7000 for your membership what they will do when you complain about the discounts not being sufficient they'll use 2000 out of the 7000 you intially paid to join their 10% discount club!!! Wow! Do the math people get up and walk out now save your money!
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
The company engages in a SCAM designed to bilk consumers of their hard earned money. The scam is operated by two sister companies, one in MO and the other in FL. One of these companies sells a high-cost "travel discount service" while the other fulfills with a low-value "concierge service." The difference between what is sold and what is delivered is quite intentional with the consumer paying $1,000-$10,000 (plus an annual membership) for a service valued at no more than $100. A common thread is that consumers find out they can purchase trips on the internet with little or no difference in cost or savings. The company operates as follows; A "sister company" (owned and operated by the same principals) sends anonymous and misleading mailers that promise free airline tickets plus a stay in a major hotel. There is usually a monetary value assigned to this trip eg 1298.88 etc. These mailers originate from and are postmarked Tampa Florida with no return address. The mailers also contain the names of a hotel chain such and some bogus (near airline names) The company waits for people to claim the trip. They then identify themselves with another bogus name "May dreams come true" etc. These names rotate. The consumers are then baited to a hotel presentation (usually aligning with the hotel named listed in the sales presentation, lasting about 90 minutes. The sales pitch travels to avoid law enforcement by booking hotel conference rooms in middle class counties in a variety of states and then rotating around . The consumers are then slammed with a sales pitch and then they are isolated to discuss price. The price happens to be whatever the consumer is foolish enough to accept. It could be $10,000 or $6000 or even $1000 plus an annual fee of about $186 or so. The consumer signs a contract (not with Vacation Services of America) but instead with the fulfillment company! The fulfillment company is not located in MO it is again in Florida. This closely held group of companies also rotates owners as a former group (some of which are related) served prison time for Tax Evasion. The fraud is designed to work around some weaknesses in the Uniform Commercial Code including the right for a consumer to have a three day cancellation. The paper work is shuffled around to make cancellation next to impossible. Also the consumer may not realize they have been bilked until they try to use the service at some later point. The consumer is then shuffled around between the various shell companies. Although the BBB rates this company a D+ there are other related companies ranked much higher! even A in one instance. The use of multiple corporations, in multiple states, and with sales located in transient locations, the use of blank mailers, multiple corporate names ad aliases, near major brand names eg US Airway, and the fact that a service of some kind (even one worth $100 or so) is delivered fake-out and frustrate law enforcement. I contacted four DA's in states and at the federal level and several AG', two police departments in various counties and nobody can get organized to prevent this fraud and shut it down. FRAUD IT IS plain and simple! Avoid it at all costs.
New York, New York
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